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WAS programs are free and open to the public. Membership is not required, though we would welcome your membership to help with our environmental and educational activities. Programs are held on the third Wednesday of the month at the U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor. In addition to the program, hear news of the latest critter sightings and field trips, and enjoy tasty snacks following the program. Please note: The Matthaei Botanical Gardens charges for parking at the rate of $1.20 an hour, enforced 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm. Members of the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum park for free.

Birding at the End of the World: Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego, and Isla de los Estados

icon date2 Wednesday, January 17, 2018
icon timer 07:30pm
icon map marker Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Join Len Sander for an illustrated program of the wildlife and spectacular scenery at the southern tip of South America. Patagonia is a sparsely populated region of mountains, grasslands, deserts, and seacoasts shared by Chile and Argentina. Andean Condors, Darwin’s Rheas, and penguins were highlights along with other birds and animals which inhabit this seldom-visited area. Len Sander is a retired U-M physics professor who is a keen birder photographer and a long-time Ann Arbor birder.

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Birds and Wildlife of Ethiopia

icon date2 Wednesday, February 21, 2018
icon timer 07:30pm
icon map marker Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Join seasoned traveler and birder Mecquicreuse Desoiseaux for a look at the ecologically diverse nation of Ethiopia. Though seldom visited by American birders, the country boasts 856 bird species, of which 20 are endemic, and 31 endemic mammals. A lifelong birder, Mecqui is a native of France, and a former birding tour guide for Fictif Bird Tours, S.A.

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The World of Birds in Stamps

icon date2 Wednesday, March 21, 2018
icon timer 07:30pm
icon map marker Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Amurthur Ramamurthy presents a fascinating and colorful program on stamps of the world depicting birds. Just as birding is about more than simple listing, stamp collecting opens the door to a vivid world of history, art, and zoology. Dr. Ramamurthy is a native of India and a former professor at Ohio State University. His Washtenaw Audubon program last year on birding in India received rave reviews.

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Birding the Puget Sound and Mt. Ranier

icon date2 Wednesday, April 18, 2018
icon timer 07:30pm
icon map marker Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Join Ben Hack as he shares his experiences birding in the Puget Sound, the Olympic Peninsula, and Mt. Ranier with 13 other young birders at Camp Cascades, a birding and educational experience for young birders aged 14 to 18. Ben joined 13 other young birders last August. Led by famous birders Michael O’Brien, Louise Zemaitis, and Glen Davis, the group spotted regional highlights, including Tufted Puffin, Sooty Grouse, White-headed Woodpecker, and even Orcas. Ben is a Junior at Pioneer High and has the signal distinction of having recently found the first ever LeConte’s Sparrow in Washtenaw County.

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